0 Have your say Zach Mercer, who was named in England’s Six Nations squad yesterday, has revealed he was “really upset” when he was told three years ago that he was not being selected for Scotland at under-18 level. The Bath No 8 is one of eight uncapped players, including ex-Scotland under-20 player Gary Graham, called up by England head coach Eddie Jones as he prepares to face Italy on 4 February.However, 20-year-old Mercer’s rugby journey could have been different. He moved to Scotland from Leeds at the age of eight in 2005 when his father Gary became Glasgow Warriors defence coach.After joining local club GHA, Mercer went on to earn Scotland under-16 caps on residency grounds, impressing many at the Wellington Festival of 2013.A pupil at Williamwood High School at that point, he moved to Merchiston Castle School in Edinburgh for his final two years of schooling and played under highly regarded coaches Rob Moffat and Roddy Deans.In 2014/15, his final … [Read more...] about Zach Mercer: Scotland’s one that got away is in England squad
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0 Have your say Scotland’s results from the summer and autumn Tests heading into the Six Nations. Keep up to date with all our sport news on The Scotsman’s Sport page on FacebookSat 10 Jun - Scotland 34 v 13 ItalyGregor Townsend began his reign as Scotland head coach with a 34-13 victory over Italy in Singapore. Four tries in a spectacular 10 minutes helped Townsend’s cause while fly-half Finn Russell produced two moments of magic that made sure of the result.• READ FULL REPORTSat 17 Jun - Australia 19 v 24 ScotlandScotland secured a terrific victory away in Australia to win the second of their summer series. A second-half try from Hamish Watson captured victory after the hosts had managed to nudge themselves in front following first-half secores from Duncan Taylor and Finn Russell.Sat 17 June - Fiji 27 v 22 ScotlandScotland’s mission to finish their summer tour unbeaten failed as they lost 27-22 to Fiji in Suva. The Scots won the try count by … [Read more...] about Last six Scotland rugby results leading up to the 2018 Six Nations
0 Have your say Scotland centre Mark Bennett will finally make his Edinburgh debut on Friday when the capital side face Southern Kings at Myreside in the Guinness Pro14. The 20-times capped Bennett moved to Edinburgh from Glasgow in the summer but has been recuperating from a serious knee injury sustained against England in last season’s Six Nations.He had surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament damage and has now fully recovered.Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill said: “Mark has worked incredibly hard to return from injury, so we’re delighted that he’s able to make his first start for the club in front of our supporters at Myreside.”The 24-year-old is joined in the centre against the South African side by Phil Burleigh.Cockerill has made five changes in total to the side that lost 17-0 to Glasgow Warriors in last weekend’s 1872 Cup second leg at Scotstoun.Dougie Fife is the only alteration to an otherwise unchanged back-three. … [Read more...] about Scotland centre Mark Bennett to make Edinburgh debut
Refresh your memories of a fabulous 2013 Rugby League World Cup in England, Wales and France in our tournament image gallery above Picture: NRLPhotos 14 nations, 334 players, 28 games, 37 days, 1 winner - but will it be the Kangaroos like in 2013 or will there be a new king of the world in 2017? The 15th Rugby League World Cup, being staged in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, started on October 27 in Melbourne and concludes with the final on December 2 in Brisbane. England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales are all taking part. Everyone's very excited for the tournament in Tonga! And in Papua New Guinea too after the trophy landed in Goroka! Watch for some great tries, smash hits, magical moments, a fantasia of colour and some memories to last a lifetime. Here's our guide, compiled by Matt Turner and Mike Parsons, to what lies ahead: POOLS (Rugby League International Federation rankings in brackets): Pool A. Australia (1), England (3), France (6), Lebanon … [Read more...] about Your guide to the Rugby League World Cup 2017
FIXTURES for the Japan Rugby World Cup 2019 have been released and they reveal some exciting match-ups for British teams.The tournament’s hosts Japan kick it off in Tokyo, as they face Europe’s top qualifier on Friday September 20, 2019.England surely couldn’t have hoped for a simpler opener, as they face off against Tonga in Pool C.Ireland and Scotland have both been drawn in Pool D, and play each other in the first fixture.Wales meet Georgia in Pool D, while Champions New Zealand face a tough test against South Africa.The full fixture list can be accessed on the official Rugby World Cup website. Pool A Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Europe 1, play-off winner (Europe 2 v Oceania 3) Pool BNew Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Africa 1, repechage winner Pool CEngland, France, Argentina, USA, Tonga Pool DAustralia, Wales, Georgia, Fiji, Americas 2 … [Read more...] about Rugby World Cup 2019: Fixtures and groups for tournament in Japan and who are England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland playing?
SCOTLAND won their opening match against the odds against Ireland at Murrayfield in the opening round of the 2017 Six Nations.Despite Ireland having a superb autumn, where they beat New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, a superb Scotland withstood a fightback to record only their second opening-round victory in Six Nations history.France meanwhile, who since losing the 2011 World Cup final to New Zealand, have had a pretty rotten time since - but they looked something like back to their old best when they took favourites England all the way at Twickenham.Scotland ended a 10-match losing streak against France with an impressive 29-18 victory during the 2016 championship.Les Bleus will want to avenge that loss and Scotland are riding the crest of a wave - here, SunSport gives you all the info for this mouthwatering clash...France and Scotland will meet at Stade de France in Paris on Sunday 12th February, with kick off at 3pm.The match will be shown live on BBC One, while BBC … [Read more...] about Six Nations: What time does France v Scotland kick off, what TV channel is it on and what is the team news?
SAM BURGESS has been named England’s rugby league captain.The South Sydney Rabbitohs star, who had a stint in rugby union, replaces injured Sean O’Loughlin for the upcoming Four Nations.Burgess saw off competition from James Graham to land the coveted role.And the 27-year-old, whose last game for the national side on home turf was the heartbreaking World Cup semi-final defeat to New Zealand at Wembley in 2013, is ready realise a long-held ambition.He said: “As a child in the north of England playing rugby league, I guess captaining your country was a dream.“And we certainly believe in the team and we’ve got a strong squad. It’s exciting with some guys in there for the first time mixed with some experienced players, so it’s a good balance.“It is an absolute honour and privilege to be asked to captain my country and to lead this group through the Four Nations.“Although I am captain on the field for this tournament, there are a … [Read more...] about Four Nations: Sam Burgess sees off competition from James Graham to be named England captain
PRESUMABLY, Wayne Bennett lives by the proverb, ‘Actions speak louder than words.’Or at least you would hope so because sometimes words have been a lot harder to come by.The England rugby league coach was branded a ‘disgrace’ for the way he spoke to a TV reporter after the unconvincing 38-12 win over Scotland.Forrmer winger now Sky pundit Jon Wells said: “He might not be happy with the result but you've got to front up as a head coach, not just in terms of your video review sessions and motivating your players but you're also an ambassador for sport in this country.“England are at a crossroads, this country is at a crossroads in terms of what we do with our international game - I think that was nothing short of a disgrace.”Bennett has long had a reputation in Australia – where he is regarded like Sir Alex Ferguson was for winning seven NRL titles – for being prickly with the media.And while what he said, or rather what he did not … [Read more...] about ONLY ONE WAYNE TO DO IT
TEN reasons why I want you to vote Brexit on Thursday.Look what 40 years of Europe has done to me.1) Those two posh boys in Downing Street will be out of a job and we won’t have to listen to their lies about the world ending if we Brexit.With Cameron and Osborne gone we can look forward to a Prime Minister who understands what it’s like for ordinary people when their child can’t get into a school of their choice as it’s too crowded, or worse, seeing Mum lying on a trolley for hours at a packed A&E. 2) Scotland will demand another referendum to leave the United Kingdom so it can stay in the EU – and everybody south of the border will say: “Don’t bother voting, just go.” We can then stop sending English taxpayers’ money to Jockistan, as they receive £1,600 a year more per head than we do. It would be cheaper for we wealth creators to burn a £50 note every other week.3) We can introduce a modified Australian points … [Read more...] about 10 reasons why you must vote Brexit in Thursday’s crucial once in a lifetime referendum
MAKING history has rarely been so underwhelming.Eddie Jones, with a black eye from a slip in the shower and a bloodied nose from long periods of French domination, delivered a tense victory in this Six Nations opener – and a new all-time English record of 15 straight wins.As England trailed by four points heading into the final quarter, Jones emptied his bench and saw Ben Te’o settle this contest with his first international try since switching from rugby league.The last league convert to turn out for England, Sam Burgess, took far too much of the blame for a shambolic World Cup campaign in 2015.In contrast, Te’o swiftly earned hero status as he dived over for England’s only try, ten minutes from time, to ultimately settle this contest. Find out how the players rated in England's narrow win hereTe’o is a citizen of the world. New Zealand- born, a Samoan international in the 13-man game and also eligible for Australia, was swayed by the riches on offer at … [Read more...] about England 19 France 16: Eddie Jones keeps perfect record as Red Rose chief by edging past old rivals in thriller